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Among the Gustine High FFA members in attendance at the national convention were, from left, Genna Andrade, Danny Gomes, Tyler Borba, Joseph Lopes, Roxanna Araiza and Savanna Barcellos.

To kick off the month of October, some Gustine FFA members and officers volunteered for the Merced Farm 2 U day. Members assisted building managers with their presentations and anything else they needed throughout the day. 

Gustine FFA members also participated in the high school’s homecoming festivities, entering a float in the homecoming parade and participating in theme dress days while promoting school spirit with posters for the upcoming events.

The chapter’s annual Halloween meeting was held Oct. 23. Freshmen were honored with the Greenhand Degree, which they earned through their time in the program. For our activity at the meeting, members stuck their hands in a “mystery box” and they had to guess what the item was they were feeling.

Several members attended the National FFA Convention in the last week of October.

Sophomore Tyler Borba was among those attending the convention in Indianapolis.

He had this to say about his time in Indianapolis....“National convention was a great experience and I had a great time. I enjoyed attending the workshops and sessions and learning leadership and other skills.”

Aubrie Hazan, the chapter vice president, attended as a delegate and voted on the new national officer team. “Being a national delegate was an incredible experience,” she reported. “I not only represented Gustine FFA, but the California FFA Association. Knowing that the items we discussed and I voted on will have an impact on future generations of FFA members was an opportunity I will never forget. I also enjoyed traveling to Washington, D.C., seeing our country’s capital and learning more about our history and how agriculture plays an important role in our past, present, and future.”

In addition to Borba and Hazan, Gustine FFA was represented by Savanna Barcellos, Joseph Lopes, Roxanna Araiza and Daniel Gomes. Genna Andrade and Marco Marsigli attended to receive the American Degree. Lawrence Borba also received his American Degree but was unable to attend.

Members also had the opportunity to participate in the Veterans Day parade to honor all who have served our country. As November continues, students are competing in project competition, signing up to raise animals and participating in community service projects.